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Jerusalem is a ‘side issue,’ says Bahrain FM

Image of Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa on 17 April 2016 [U.S. Department of State/Flickr]
Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa [U.S. Department of State/Wikipedia]

Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa took to Twitter on Wednesday to say that what is happening in Jerusalem is a “side issue” compared to the fight against fascist Iran.

The minister’s remark provoked angry reactions as it was made ahead of the United Nations vote on a draft resolution rejecting the US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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The Bahraini minister’s comments were described as disrespectful and a betrayal of what is happening in Jerusalem.

Earlier in September Bahraini King Hamad bin Issa Al-Khalifa condemned the boycott of Israel and in December an official delegation from the “This is Bahrain” organisation visited Israel. Bahrain and Israel are in agreement that Iran is a threat to security.

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